Confession: I have a slight obsession with books. If the loft remodel isn’t proof enough, one of my favorite date nights involves browsing secondhand hardbacks at Value Village. You know, the Seattle thrift shop where Macklemore bought his jammies.
The hallway connecting the den and bedrooms has a nice little sitting area. Now that Mister is crawling, it’s the perfect time to do some decorating and baby-proofing. Case in point, this empty cabinet.
We bought it for our Chicago condo back in 2008. It was the right size for our growing DVD collection, but seven years and many movies later, Cabby was ousted to the hallway. It also blocked an intake vent, a major no-no according to Dave, so it was time to use the wall for something new. And then it hit me:
It’s finally happening! I have a place to hang my Penguin Postcards!
I bought these beauties years ago with no real purpose. They basically had me at “vintage book covers.” I love the variety of colors and titles from all genres. A display wall was the only solution, and we did it for under $20.
Dave and Gill removed the vent before hanging to make sure the nails wouldn’t damage the duct-work. They confirmed we were good to go.
The finished product is colorful and really brightens up that dark corner.
Mister’s toy box will likely sit under the frames. Functional and literary; I call success!
The final cost breakdown:
- 9 IKEA frames x $1.99=$17.91
- 9 postcards x ~$0.16=$1.44
- Total: $19.35